allude to

FORMAL

Meaning: to mention or refer to something or someone in an indirect way

Synonym: refer to

For example:

  • allude to sb/sth In his speech, the President alluded to the fact that the economy was not in good condition when he took over.

  • allude to sb/sth When the judge was summing up the case, he alluded to the sort of punishment he would have to hand down if the jury found the defendant guilty.

Quick Quiz:

When discussing the life and work of Thomas, the commentator didn't say the poet was an alcoholic, but he alluded to the fact that

a. he never drank alcohol

b. he never wrote poetry

c. he had a problem with alcohol

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